Kiss goodbye to the micromanagement and monotony of full time work, and take the plunge into the fun and flexible world of self-employment. Read as we explore the coolest ways to be your own boss.
Whether they’re looking for the ‘classic Aussie guy’ or a soothing motherly voice, advertisers always need convincing characters to read their scripts. Depending on the type and length of the ad or audio book, you could be earning anything from $100 to $5000+ a job.
To get started, you’ll need a ‘voice reel’, a high-quality MP3, maximum two minutes long, of different characters and emotions you can evoke with your voice. Send it to whoever you can – advertising copywriters, creative directors, voice agencies and advertising departments in both TV and radio. To get the break, you’ll need to be heard by the right people at the right time.
Once you land a job, prepare to be bossed around big time. You’ll get into a sound booth and read the script at least ten times in different voices, different speeds and with emphasis on particular words. But before you know it, you could be the go-to voice of a big brand.
Imagine getting paid to eat and drink your way around the world. Getting there’s not easy, but it’s totally doable.
Do you know the difference between a bisque and a consomme? Your first step is learning the basic classic Accounting Software french cooking lingo and cooking techniques. Chefs spend years getting qualified, so if you’re going to make a living by critiquing their work, you need to know what you’re talking about. (Otherwise you’re going to upset people!)
Then you’ll need to get eating and networking. And writing. Don’t just focus on the latest and greatest. Anywhere will do to start. Whether you’re with the family yum cha on a Saturday or at a birthday dinner for a friend, take notes. When you get home, write the review and develop your food writing style. Spend time developing your style and building a social following before you try to make money. The most impressive food reviewers also have great relationships with chefs.
When you’ve got some impressive reviews up your sleeve, pitch them to anyone who will publish them. Think lifestyle, food, travel and airline mags, food blogs, food websites etc. The aim of the game is to get your articles published. Getting paid will follow. Soon you could be getting invited to openings and claiming the restaurant bills!
Would you prefer if your colleagues were four-legged and furry? Well, perhaps you’d be suited to becoming a self-employed pooch walker. At least you wouldn’t have to put up with workplace politics!
Start small, and do a letterbox drop in your area, offering your dog walking service for a fee. This stage is about building a reputation as a trustworthy walker and dog carer. If you’re friendly and work hard, you’ll notice that you’ll get recommended. Word of mouth is the best and cheapest way to grow your network.
It’s important to know the laws around dog walking, and also where all the great parks are in your city. You may also want to get a business car to start travelling to different areas throughout the day. But remember to track business mileage for tax deductions.
As you grow, ensure you have a system to get paid regularly and on time. Accounting software like the QuickBooks Self Employed app lets you send customised invoices directly to clients. It’s also a good way to keep track of your business’s health when you spend a lot of time on-the-go.
Do friends ever ask you for fashion advice? If so, you could make a career of it. Wardrobe stylists, or ‘image consultants’ act as advisors on the latest trends, or how to create a desired ‘look’ for a movie or ad.
You’ll need a wide and good general knowledge about brands and the fashion industry. Consider whether you want to work one-on-one with clients, or whether you want to specialise in advertising or film. You might want to focus on casual wear, sporting wear or even haute couture. Most stylists do a combination.
Next, get an internship. Unfortunately, you’ll probably need to do a few unpaid gigs to get your name and network expanding.
When you start earning the big bucks, you’ll be purchasing a lot of outfits for your clients. Rather than keeping a shoe box of receipts, find software like QuickBooks Online that allows you to snap and store receipts for tax time and to attribute expenses to particular clients.
Going out on your own is never easy. But with hard work, education, preparation and persistence, anything is possible. It’s always best to assess the risks before making any big investments or leaving behind a stable job.
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